Northwest Kansas Technical College is currently in the middle stages of constructing a new academic and athletic building on the campus’s south side.
Located just west of the Larry Keirns Fitness Center, wrestling coach Paul Gomez said that the new building will feature classrooms, office space for Maverick coaches, locker rooms, a training room, and an upgraded wrestling room on campus.
“A nice upgrade for us is the location, we had to shuttle our teams out to the current facility everyday and then get them back to campus so it will nice to be on campus,” Gomez said.
The wrestling upgrades come after the men’s team finished 22nd in the nation, the best finish in program history.
Gomez, approaching his second year in charge of the Maverick wrestling program, said the men’s team had a school record five national qualifiers along with 10 wrestlers selected to the National Coaches Wrestling Association all-academic team. Sophomore Cody Tow finished third at the national championships last season, becoming the school’s first male wrestler to earn All-America honors.
The women’s team, said Gomez, will have returning two-time All-American Leya-Justina Luafalemana back on the mats competing for a national championship.
Gomez also earned the west/central district coach of the year award.
“The wrestling room will be bigger than the current room and will eventually have padded walls and a score board amongst other upgrades,” Gomez said.
According to Gomez, the new building does have have a name yet. But there is a naming opportunity in return for what the Northwest Tech webpage calls a “major tax-deductible contribution.” Wrestling season should commence in January.
–Composed and written by Beau Tiongson